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Stan's Secret Santa

Christmas gift appeal

Fossils Gallery, Manchester Museum

7 December, 10am - 4.30pm


Stan our T.rex has been a little lonely since we closed our doors to complete our hello future transformation, so he has volunteered to host ‘Secret Santa’ this year!

On 7 December 2021 we’re opening our Fossils Gallery for one day only and we’re asking you to drop off donations for our Christmas Gift Appeal… and you’ll have a chance to take a #DinoSelfie with Stan the T.rex.

We will carefully wrap the donated gifts which will then be distributed by our various Greater Manchester homelessness and poverty support organisation partners. This has been a difficult year for so many and Christmas presents further challenges.

We are looking for unwrapped gifts to be donated and our wish list includes:



Christmas fun activities

Puzzle books



Chocolate (selection boxes)


Hot chocolate


Christmas decorations

Christmas crackers



Hot water bottles

Warm scarves/gloves

You could make a big difference to someone’s Christmas.


You will need to enter the Fossils Gallery via the Old Quad, through the Beyer Building. Just head through the University of Manchester archway and turn right.

Stan is looking forward to seeing you soon!

This gift appeal is in partnership with Invisible Cities.



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